Rescuers pull survivors from quake rubble

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) – Rescuers painstaking pulled out more survivors today from the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed at least 26 people.

As families anxiously wait on site, the emergency center in Tainan, the worst-hit city, said that 171 people had been rescued from the building following the magnitude-6.4 quake that struck at dawn Saturday.

Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said in interviews from the site of the building collapse that there was an estimated 124 still trapped, many at the bottom of the wreckage. Lai said that they had been able to rescue many people by using information from residents who got out on the possible locations of those still inside.

The city government says most of the confirmed deaths are from the building collapse. More than 100 people were rescued from other parts of the city.

The spectacular fall of the 17-story high-rise immediately raised questions about its construction, and Taiwan’s interior minister said there would be an investigation. Nine other buildings in the city collapsed.

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